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Old 03-29-2008, 09:59 PM   #1
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CLL and Scabies

Just wondering if anyone has heard of a connection between CLL and scabies. While searching the internet tonight, I found a couple sites(including [url]www.emedicine.com[/url]) which mention there being a correlation between the two.

If the info is correct, it might explain the itchy skin rash that has taken over my husband's body(I actually posted a thread the other day regarding this). He first noticed the rash about 2 weeks after completing his first round of Fludara treatment. Since then, the itchiness became constant and intensified ten-fold, while the rash spread from his back, to his entire upper-torso(incl arms & neck), and now the upper-half of his legs and groin area. In the meantime, the oncologist offers no help because he doesn't feel it's related to the Fludara or the shingles virus. All he's suggested is taking oral Benadryl &/or applying topical Benadryl or hydrocortisone, as well as seeing a dermatologist. Unfortunately, the meds aren't effective or lasting long enough for my husband, and he can't get an appt(with the dermatologist) any sooner than April 9th.

 
Old 05-13-2008, 08:27 AM   #2
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Re: CLL and Scabies

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Just wondering if anyone has heard of a connection between CLL and scabies. While searching the internet tonight, I found a couple sites(including [url]www.emedicine.com[/url]) which mention there being a correlation between the two.

If the info is correct, it might explain the itchy skin rash that has taken over my husband's body(I actually posted a thread the other day regarding this). He first noticed the rash about 2 weeks after completing his first round of Fludara treatment. Since then, the itchiness became constant and intensified ten-fold, while the rash spread from his back, to his entire upper-torso(incl arms & neck), and now the upper-half of his legs and groin area. In the meantime, the oncologist offers no help because he doesn't feel it's related to the Fludara or the shingles virus. All he's suggested is taking oral Benadryl &/or applying topical Benadryl or hydrocortisone, as well as seeing a dermatologist. Unfortunately, the meds aren't effective or lasting long enough for my husband, and he can't get an appt(with the dermatologist) any sooner than April 9th.
Good luck with the itching.I'm thinking that it is a terrible manifestation of the illness that not everyone gets. When was he diagnosed?? My mother was diagnosed in 2005 and started the itching 1 year later.Dermatologists do not hold the answer to this-been to many.Rx for cortisone is wonderful temp help but Drs. are reluctant to use it long term fearing liver damage. Itching is severe now even though she is on predinsone 10Mg. which seemed to take the edge off for a couple of weeks.We are waiting for an emerg.appoint.at U of M hematology dept. to see if they can help. She itches in her sleep even and is covered with bleeding sores now.Her wbc is good all through this.Wondering if this is something that the doctors cannot figure out and really don't want to deal with since not everyone develops this.The frustration is almost as bad as the itching.

 
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Re: CLL and Scabies

I would seriously doubt if CLL and scabies have any connection. Scabis are mites that burrow into the skin. I have B cell CLL. I was dx late last year. Count is 24,000, and has remained the sa,e all along. I had a bone marrow test a while back. It was not as bad as I thought it would be--mind you I would not stand in line for another one. My skin has gone to heck since this all came up. My hair is not the same and fingernails are not as healthy as they used to be. But I keep telling myself to be greatful--this is one of the modre manageable cancers should it become aggressive. Educate yourself as much as possible and be careful of what you read on the internet--lots of BAD info out there

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